HONEY BROOK, Pa. — The Chester County 4-H Dairy Goat Show was held at the Romano 4-H Center of Chester County on Route 322, Honey Brook as part of the 4-H Fair Week on Monday. A total of 41 goat projects were exhibited and 19 4-H youth participants. This year the show was divided into three classes — Alpines Dairy Goats, Oberhasli Dairy Goats and Pet Goats.
Kyle Miller of New Port, Pa., did a great job not only in placing the animals, but also instructing the 4-Hers in how to improve their animals for show.
In the Alpine breed, Frank Reith of West Grove captured the Grand Champion award for his 5-year-old doe Reith Bros. Dixie and Reserve Grand Champion with his 2-year-old doe Reith Bros. Harmonica. Franks, dry yearling Jasmine was Junior Champion. Skylar Jackson of Landenberg was the Reserve Junior Champion with her kid Aristos’ Kahlua, a five month old kid.
In the American Oberhasli breed, Micah Johnson of Glen Mills 3-year-old Doe Sparkling Acres Springtime Jaz was names Senior Champion and Grand Champion. Melissa Johnson of Glen Mills took home Reserve Champion with her doe Sparkling Acres Georgia Breeze and Reserve Junior Champion with her under 5 month old kid Sparkling Acres Kansas Breeze. Nathan Rockwell of Woodlyn won Junior Champion with his kid Kellina.
The Pet Goat division included twelve entries. Mermaid, a Boar type pet goat owned by Ellie Harrop of Chester Springs was the Grand Champion, and Oreo, an 11-year-old pygmy dwarf goat also owned by Aaron Phillips of Elverson was the Reserve Champion.
Frank Reith’s outstanding Grand Champion Alpine doe, Dixie, was selected for Best in Show honor.
In the Fitting and Showing competition, Frank Reith was the both the Champion Showman and Champion Fitter for the senior division. Melissa Johnson was the top intermediate showman and fitter. Xavier Reith of West Grove was the top showman and fitter in the junior division. Gianna Emmons of Newtown Square was the top 1st year showman and fitter.
Another highlight of the day was watching our five Cloverbud goat participants — youth between the ages of 5 and 8, have the opportunity to enter the show ring with their animals. They all went home with Cloverbud Achievement Ribbons.
The Chester County 4-H Goat show is one of the many shows that take place during the Chester County 4-H Fair Week, held Aug. 6-11 at the Romano 4-H Center of Chester County along Route 322 just east of Honey Brook.
— Penn State Extension, Chester County